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8vo. pp. [2], vi, 96. Disbound. Lacks title page. Signed “Blance F. [illegible]” on cover. “The conquering Jew: a vision of 1950” (1 p.) has been removed from volume. The item is available in MS 580 in Special Collections (Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University). A reissue of the first English edition of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, the deadly formulation of the myth of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy to control all civilization. Based in part on 19th-century French...
Full title: The Auncient Ecclesiasticall Histories of the First Six Hundred Yeares after Christ, wrytten In the Greeke tongue by three learned Historiographers, Eusebius, Socrates, and Euagrius. Eusebius Pamphilus Bishop of Cæsarea In Palæstina vvrote 10 bookes. Socrates Scholasticus of Constantinople vvrote 7 bookes. Euagrius Scholasticus of Antioch vvrote 6 bookes. Vvhereunto is annexed Dorotheus Bishop of Tyrus, of the Liues of the Prophetes, Apostles and 70 Disciples. All which authors...
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by Luitprand, Bishop of Cremona ; Román de La Higuera, Gerónimo ; Quellinus, Erasmus, the Younger (ill.) ; Galle, Cornelius, the Younger (engr.) ; Rubens, Pet. P. (Peter Paul) (des.)
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Full title: Luitprandi subdiaconi toletani ticinensis diaconi tandem cremonensis episcopi opera quæ extant. Chronicon et adversaria nunc primum in lucem exeunt, P. Hieronymi de la Higuera Societ. Iesu Presbyteri D. Laurenti Ramirez de Prado consiliarii regii notis illustrata.
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Folio. pp. 238. Original printed boards. Contains illustrations, some colored. The first German, and the first non-Russian edition of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, the deadly formulation of the myth of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy to control all civilization. Based in part on 19th-century French rogue-and-spy fiction, and in part on the entirely non-partisan work of Maurice Joly, Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesquieu; ou La politique de Machiavel au XIXe siècle...
8vo. ff. [2] (blank), pp. [16], 907, [101], f. [1] (blank) (p. 556, 609, 652, 841 numbered 356, 709, 452, 741 respectively). Signatures: α⁸, a-z⁸, A-2R⁸. 17th-century brown speckled calf. Gilded spine on 5 bars with red lettering panel. Red edges. Marbled pastedowns. Manuscript contemporary inscription “Ni sudans aro ero-ne?” on title page, autograph “Pinsson ?” in early hand beneath, “Fischor Reinhard Rofenstad,” with acquisition note dated 1833 on fly. Woodcut printer's...
Full title: Rights of the kingdom; or, Customs of our Ancestours: touching The Duty, Power, Election, or Succession, of our Kings and Parliaments; our True Liberty, Due Allegiance, Three Estates, their Legislative Power Originall, Judiciall, and Executive, with the Militia: Freely Discussed through the Brittish, Saxon, Norman, Lawes and Histories. With an Occasionall Discourse of Great Changes yet expected in the World. Small 4to. pp. [8], 93, 30-191, 176-184, [4]. Signatures: 2¶⁴ 2A-2M⁴...
4to. pp. xv, 525. Contains illustrations, map, and portraits. Bookplate “Ex Libris Douglas & Mary MacEwen” inside front cover. Signed “Douglas L. MacEwen 1910” on front free endpaper. This work by the sinologist Sir Edmund Backhouse (1873–1944) claimed to provide a glimpse into the inner world of China’s imperial palace and had a major influence on the way the West looked at the last decades of the Qing Dynasty. Backhouse published his own memoirs in 1943, of which research...
4to. pp. [10] (blank), [22], [12] (blank) . Signatures: A-C 4 , without C3–4, both evidently blanks. Later green straight-grain morocco for Samuel Ireland (his distinctive ‘green livery’); gilt boards and spine, fabric case and box. Later bookplate of John Broadley. Stamps: Henry Cunlisse, John Bradley, Stuart B. Schimmel; William’s library Cheltenham. Repair, tear. Late pencil notes on blanks. With forgeries by William Henry Ireland of Shakespeare’s signature on the title page, and...
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by Diodorus Siculus ; Bracciolini, Poggio (trans.) ; de Maizières, Gilles
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4to. ff. [iii] (blank), CXXIII [i.e. CXXIV], [vi], [i] (blank). Signatures: a-v⁸·⁴ x⁶ y⁴. Printer's mark (Renouard 890) on title page. Contemporary blindstamped calf, with contemporary annotations.   The ‘editio princeps’ of Diodorus’ Bibliotheca historica, a universal history in forty books completed sometime between 36 and 30 BC, was a Latin translation of the first five books by Poggio Bracciolini in 1472 [represented as 1-6, as book 1 is in two parts]. It contains a...
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8vo. pp. iv, [32]. Signatures: a-b6 c4. Original title page has title “Lettera di Amerigo Vespucci delle isole nuovamente trovate in quattro suoi viaggi.” Black letter. Includes facsimile of original title page, with woodcut. Headpieces. Quaritch’s Reprints of Rare Books, I: one of 50 copies printed of a facsimile of the Tross-Court copy sold by Quaritch to ‘an American collector of the first order’ (i.e., Charles Kalbfleisch, from whom it passed to Robert Hoe (Hoe sale, part II,...
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by Fulgentius, Fabius P. (Fabius Planciades) ; Pius, Joannes B. (Joannes Baptista) (ed.)
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Folio. ff. [48] (lacking blank leaf f 6 , which divides the two texts, colophon and register appearing on f 5 v, at the end of the Mythologiae). Signatures: a-d⁸, e⁴, f-g⁶ (f ₃ wrongly marked f; f ₆ blank ). Bound by Aquarius in full plain calf, gilt-lettered and blindstamped. Large and small woodcut initials. Imprint from colophon, f. [41]v . Editio princeps of both texts, the first being the chief work of Fulgentius on ancient myths, and the second, the notorious ‘Expositio...
Full title: Observations On the present collection of epistles between Cicero and M. Brutus, Representing Several evident Marks of Forgery in those epistles; and the true State of many important Particulars in the Life and Writings of Cicero: In Answer to the late Pretences of the Reverend Dr. Conyers Middleton. By James Tunstall, B.D. Fellow of the St. John’s College, and Orator of the University of Cambridge. To which is added, A Letter from the Reverend Dr. Chapman on the Antient Numeral...
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Full title: Recherches sur les monnaies des Comtes de Namur, par Renier Chalon, Chevalier des Ordres de Léopold et de la Couronne de Chêne, membre de l’Académie royale de Belgique, Président de la Société numismatique et de la Société des bibliophiles belges, correspondant de la Société des antiquaires de France, de la Société impériale d’archéologie de St-Pétersbourg, etc., etc. 4to. pp. [2], 148, 22 numbered plates (twice in first copy). Offprint of volume XXXII of...
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by von Nettesheim, Agrippa H. C. (Agrippa Heinrich Cornelius) ; de Abano, Peter [de Abano Pietro] [de Apono, Petrus] ; Cremonensis, Gerard [da Cremona, Gherardo] ; Villinganus, G. P. [of Villingen, Georg Pictorius] ;
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4to. pp. 206, f. [1] (blank). Signatures: A-Z 4 Aa-Dd 4 Ee 2 . Tooled calf. Manuscript spine label. Presentation inscription on the inside of the front board: “John Lambert Esqr to John Paget, Newberry [sic], 1797. (It was the Property of Chatterton) London 1665.” The imprint is missing from title page, which is repaired and reproduced in ink facsimile. Some illustrations are hand-colored in red. Engraved border around title page. Engraved initials, headpieces. Printed annotations.  ...
Full title: Alamannicarum rerum scriptores aliquot vetusti, à quibus Alamannorum, qui nunc partim Suevis, partim Helvetiis cessere, Historiæ tam Sæculares quam Ecclesiasticæ, ea diligentia atque fide perscriptæ sunt, ut non solùm Antiquitatum Studiosis, sed Theologis cum primis & Iurisconsultis cognitu utiles & idoneæ sint. Tomus unus in duas partes tributus, cum glossis rerum et verborum difficiliorum, quibus nonnumquam historiæ illustrantur, familiarum indagantur origines,...
Full title: Reverendissimi D. Domini Melchioris Cani Episcopi Canariensis, ordinis prædicatorum, & sacræ Theologiæ professoris, ac primariæ cathedræ in academia Salamanticensi olim pręfecti, De locis Theologicis Libri duodecim. Cum Indice copiosißimo atq[ue] locupletißimo.
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by Annius, Joannes [Nanni, Giovanni ; Annio da Viterbo]
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Folio. ff. [2] (blank), [216], [2] (blank). Signatures: a8-b4, A-D6, E8, F-G6, H-I8, K-L6, M-N8, O-Y6, Z8, &4, c8, d-k6. Contemporary limp vellum; B4v left blank, in anticipation of the Papal privilege, which arrived during the printing, but late. Imprint from colophons (on &4r and f. [216]). Engraved initials on a2 recto and a3 recto. Blank spaces left as guides for initials. Engraving of Rome on f. 84 (M1 verso). First edition of the notorious forgeries, complete with Annius’s...
8vo. pp. 2, 32. Signatures: a-b6 c4. Illustrations. Includes facsimile of original title page, with woodcut. Half-title: The Soderini letter 1504 in facsimile. A second facsimile of the Tross –Court – Quaritch –Kalbfleisch –Hoe – McCormick–Princeton copy of the ‘Soderini Letter’. The original Tross-Court copy was sold by Bernard Quaritch to ‘an American collector of the first order’ (i.e., Charles Kalbfleisch, from whom it passed to Robert Hoe (Hoe sale, part II, 1912, lot...
Full title:   De Originibus, seu, De varia et potissimum orbi Latino ad hanc diem incognita, aut inco[n]syderata historia, quu[m] totius Orientis, tum maxime Tartarorum, Persarum, Turcarum, & omnium Abrahami & Noachi alumnorum origines, & mysteria Brachmanum retegente: Quod ad gentium, literarum[que] quib. utuntur, rationes attinet. Ex libris Noachi & Hanochi, totiusque a vitæ traditionis à Mosis alumnis ad nostra tempora servatæ, & Chaldaicis literis conscriptæ,...
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by Stukeley, William ; Gale, Roger ; Gale, Samuel ; Lukis, William C. (William Collings) (ed.)
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First of 3 volumes in 8vo. pp. XI, 549. Signatures: [A]8 B-Z8 2A-2I8 J4. Frontispiece portrait of William Stukeley engraved in 1721 by J. Smith after the 1721 painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller. Includes half title page with emblem of the Surtees Society. Illustrations, plates. Surtees Society Publications, nos. 73, 76, and 80. Preface signed by William Collings Lukis. Memoirs and correspondence of the antiquarian, physician, and clergyman William Stukeley (1687-1765), who, later in life, became...
Full title:  Theologia vivificans. Cibus solidus. Dionysii Celestis hierarchia. Ecclesiastica hierarchia. Divina nomina. Mystica theologia. Undecim epistole. Ignatii undecim epistole. Polycarpi Epistolauna. Infinitus thesaurus aut perditus, aut absconditus. Dionysii Divini hymni. De i[n]tellectualib[us] & sensibilib[us]. Theologice informationes. De anima. Significativa theologia. Legalis hierarchia. Angelice p[ro]prietates et ordines. De iusto, divinoque iudicio.   Folio. ff. [4], 117....
Topics: Theology -- Early works to 1800, Spiritual life -- Christianity -- Early works to 1800, Spiritual...
Small 8vo. pp. [4], 100, [18]. Original printed bluish wrappers. Unnumbered copy. First edition of the famous hoax by Fleuret (1883-1945), the antiquary, aesthete, and friend of Apollinaire, who wrote in ‘L’enfer de la Bibliothèque Nationale’ (1919, pp. 381-83) that ‘L’histoire littéraire ne connaȋt pas une meilleure supercherie que ‘Le Carquois de sieur Louvigné du Dézert,’ entièrement composé par M. Fernand Fleuret durant les années 1910 et 1911.’ The thirty-one...
12mo. ff. [8], 388 [2] (last blank). Signatures: A⁸ ²A¹² B-2I¹² 2K⁶. Bound in contemporary vellum with ties present. Printer’s mark on title. Head pieces, tail piece, engraved initials. Manuscript inscription on front pastedown, signature on first blank and title page. Erased manuscript inscription on spine. Rare first edition of a novel that is not a translation of a work by Athenagoras, but an original work by Martin Fumée (c.1540-c.1600). Fumée is perhaps best known for his...
Folio. pp. [10], 271, [1] (blank). Signatures: A-P4, Aa-Uu4. Printer’s device on title page. Head- and tailpieces, engraved initials. First edition in English of books 1-5 [represented as 1-6 in early editions, as book 1 is in two parts] of Diodorus Siculus’s Bibliotheca historica, treating the mythic history of the non-Hellenic and Hellenic tribes to the destruction of Troy. The books describe the history and culture of Ancient Egypt (1), of Mesopotamia, India, Scythia, and Arabia (2), of...
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by Hoernle, A. F. R. (A. F. Rudolf) [Hoernlé, Augustus Frederic Rudolf]
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8vo. pp. 13. Offprint from the ‘Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society,’ April 1900, pp. 321-33, with two folding plates. In original yellow printed wrappers, stapled, fragile. First (and only?) description of a ‘block-printing’ from the Kingdom of Khotan, acquired by Captain H. H. P. Deasy in Khotan before April 1899, and sent by him to the German Indologist and philologist Rudolf Hoernle in December. It consisted of 72 leaves, measuring 8 x 5.5 inches, each page containing between 9 and...
Full title: Chronologia. Hoc est, omnium temporum et annorum ab initio mundi, usque ad annum a nato Christo, 1552. In prima editione ab autore deducta: post ab eorum recognita, aucta & in annum 1566: Inde vero ab aliis in annum 1578: & tandem iterum ab aliis usq[ue]; ad annum Christi 1601 producta Computatio. In qua methodice enumerantur omnium populorum, regnorumque memorabilium origins ac successiones. Item. Omnes eorum reges. Quando quisque coeperit. Quamdiu regnarit, quid dignum...
Full title:  Nonius Marcellus De proprietate sermonum, Iam demum innumeris locis restitutus, multis locupletatus, ope vetustissimorum codicum, & industria Hadriani Iunij Medici. Ad D. Maximilianum Imp. Additus est in calce Fulgentij Placiadæ libellus De prisco sermone ab eodem repurgatus. Index vocabulorum   8vo. pp. [16], 592, [40]. Signatures: A-Z⁸ (A3 signed a3, B4 signed a4) a-p⁸ ²a-²b⁸ ²c⁴. Modern boards. Printer's device with motto "Labore et constantia" on...
Topics: Latin language -- Early works to 1800, Rhetoric -- Early works to 1800, Literary style -- Early...
Full title: Fl. Lucii Dextri Barcinonensis, Viri Clarissimi, Orientalis Imperij Præfecti Prætorio, & D. Hieronymo amicissimi, Chronicon omnimodæ historiæ. Primùm quidem eidem Hieronymo dicatum, sed eo ad Superos translato, multis locis locupletatum, Paulo Orosio Tarraconensi iterum nuncupatum. Nunc demum opera et studio Fr. Francisci Bivarii Mantuæ-Carpetani, ex Observantia S. Bernardi Cisterciensis Monachi, eiúsque in Romana Curia Procuratoris Generalis, ac S. Theologiæ &...
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by Scythen, King of Thebes (pseud.) ; Phileloaus, Naphsus (ed.) (pseud.) ; Blanchon, Jacques
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16mo. pp. 62, [2]. Signatures: a-d 8 . Vellum, pastedowns from previous manuscript(s). Label pasted on front cover. Manuscript “Ex libris Biblioth. Bernardi Guillelmi…” Sig. “Vincem.” Manuscript notes on p. [3] of cover. Text primarily Latin; Greek and Hebrew interspersed. Woodcut printer's device on title page, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces.   Only edition of nine moral and educational precepts supposedly taken from a history of the otherwise unknown Scythen, King of...
8vo. pp. [4] (blank), [ii], cxi, [17], 401, [53], ff. [2] (blank). Signatures: pi4 a-h4 A-Cc8 Dd-Hh4. Calf. Gilt border on boards. Gilt spine on 5 bars with brown lettering panel. Bookplate marked “A Fenwyke a Fenwyke!” (plate of R.C. Fenwyke). Ruled border around title page. Head- and tailpieces, engraved initials. Includes (p. [cxiii-cxxviii]): "A list of the Subscribers to this Book" and (p. [403]-[410]): "An explication of the ancient names of Countries, Cities Rivers,...
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by Notovitch, Nicolas ; Connelly, James Henderson (trans.) ; Landsberg, L. (trans.)
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8vo. pp. 288. Original lettered cloth. Bookplates: Ex libris F. Vacek; Ex libris “Marie.” Inscription on front flyleaf “To my sister goes this unusually interesting and now out-of-print story – Alma, 1937.” Rare first edition in English, published in the same year as the French original (see Bib# 9736972/Fr# 1488.1 in this collection; for the revised edition of 1900, see Bib# 4103099/Fr# 1488). The earliest of three different translations in 1894-95, and a meticulous rendering of the...
Full title:  Iosephi Scaligeri Iuli Cæsaris F. Opus de emendatione temporum: Hac postrema Editione, ex Auctoris ipsius manuscripto, emendatius, magnáque accessione auctius. Addita veterum græcorum Fragmenta selecta, Quibus loci aliquot obscurißimi Chronologiæ sacræ, & Bibliorum illustrantur; Cum Notis eiusdem Scaligeri.   Folio. pp. [12], LII, [4], 784, [50], 59, [1]. Signatures: (α- ζ)6, A-3Z6, a-e6 Contemporary calf, rebacked; bookplates of Richard Prime and the library of Pusey...
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by [Smith, Alexander Howland, "Antique Smith"] Burns, Robert, pseudo.
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Full title: The ancient fragments; containing what remains of the writings of Sanchoniatho, Berossus, Abydenus, Megasthenes, and Manetho. Also the Hermetic Creed, the Old Chronicle, the Laterculus of Eratosthenes, the Tyrian Annals, the Oracles of Zoroaster, and the Periplus of Hanno. By I.P. Cory, Esq. Fellow of Caius College, Cambridge. 8vo. pp. xxviii, 129. Signatures: [a]2 b-d4 e6 C-R4 S2. Greek and English in parallel columns. Edition by Isaac Preston Cory (1802-1842) of texts by, i.a.,...
8vo. ff. [3] (first blank), pp. 116, 35, [5], f. [1] (blank). Signatures: A-G8 H2 A-B8 C4. Calf. Remnants of lettering panels on spine. The five final pages contain "Proposals for printing by subscription, Mr. Whiston’s Collection" before the errata list.   This work is the first part of a 1711-1712 dispute the English theologian William Whiston (1667-1752) had with Johann Ernest Grabe (see Bib# 4102654-4102657/Fr# 86-89 in this collection) about the ‘Clementina’, or forgeries...
Full title: Sanchuniathon's Urgeschichte der Phönizier in einem Auszuge aus der wieder aufgefundenen Handschrift von Philo's vollständiger Übersetzung. Nebst Bemerkungen von Fr. Wagenfeld. Mit einem Vorworte vom Dr. G. F. Grotefend, Director der Lyceums zu Hannover. Mit einem Facsimile. 8vo. pp. xxxii, 96, f. 1. Folded facsimile. “Asien’s Geschichte” stamped on title page. The 25-year-old precocious philologist and folklorist Friedrich Wagenfeld (1810-1846) invented large sections –...
8vo. f. [1], pp. iv, 379, [1], f. [1] (blank). Calf-backed boards. Red edges. Spine label marked “7406.” Front pastedown with manuscript “Hillschwitts Reise” below crossed no. “9671” and above initial “L” and “7406.” Hülswitt’s rare account of his supposed visit to the northwest coast of America is in fact a close translation of a portion of John Jewitt’s Adventures and Sufferings, first published in 1807. It is unclear how much, if any, of the remainder of...
Tall 8vo. pp. xxxi, [1], 230, [2]. Signatures: a-d4, A-Z4, Aa-Ff4. Bound by Clarke and Bedford in full hard-grain red morocco, spine and covers richly gilt, gilded edges. Marbled endpapers. Title page within double-ruled border. Editor's advertisement on recto of last leaf. Printed footnotes and annotations. First edition of both the ‘Vita Henrici Quinti’ and the independent ‘Sylloge’ of English royal letters (pp. 99-216, with its ‘Appendix’ of material relating to Sir John...
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by Scott, Walter (pseud.) ; Alexis, Willibald (trans.) (pseud.) ; [Häring, Georg W. (Georg Wilhelm]
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First of 3 volumes in 8vo. pp. xviii, f. [1], pp. 328, [4]. Contemporary wrappers. An imitation of Scott by one of his German translators, passed off as a ‘free’ translation by ‘Willibald Alexis’. See J. A. Farrer, Literary forgeries. London and New York, 1907, pp. 268–69; W. B. Todd & A. Bowden, Sir Walter Scott: A Bibliographical History, 1796–1832. New Castle, Del., 1998, 496S and 546T for the frequently-reprinted (satirical) English retranslation by Thomas De Quincey, with a...
Full title:  Ἐπιστολαὶ διαφόρων φιλοσόφων ῥητόρῶν σοφιστῶν; ἑξ πρὸς τοῖς είκοσι. ὧν τὰ ὀνόματα ἐν τᾖ ἑξῆς εὑρήσεις σελίδι. Epistolae diversorum philosophorum. Oratorum. Rhetorum sex & viginti. Quorum nominainse quenti in venies Pagina.   2 vols. in 4to. v. 1: pp. [532]; v. 2: pp. [276]. Signatures: v. 1: *⁶ [α]-[ ε]¹² [ϝ]¹² [ζ]-[ η]⁸ [θ]¹ [ι]-[τ]⁸ 2[τ]⁶ [υ]-[...
Full title: Falsificationum Romanorum: et catholicarum restitutionum Tomi Primi Liber primus. Ad Ecclesi æ Catholic æ usum & honorem, & synagoge Roman æ iustum opprobrium, observavit & detexit W. Crashanius in Theologia Bacchal. & verbi divini […] apud Templ. Lond. Pr æ dic. Cum indice controversiarum / Romish forgeries and falsifications: Together with Catholike Restitutions. The first Booke or the first Tome. Observed, collected, and now discovered for the use and honour...
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8vo. pp. 543. Signatures: [A]2 B-2M8. Calf. Bookplate of Henricus Montagu Butler, S.T.P., signed Henrico C.F. Mason on front pastedown endpaper. Bookplate of Haileybury College, stamped “… Library discarded” on front free endpaper. Handwritten annotations in ink on front flyleaf. Still the definitive study of the humanist Isaac Casaubon, who had exposed the Corpus Hermeticum as a Hellenistic forgery. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
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by Nowell, Laurence ; Lambarde, William
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ff. [38] (last blank). C16 vellum, gilt. Ownership inscription of Millwood Morgan Brazzell on verso of last blank folio. Bilingual manuscripts on vellum, in Nowell’s formal hand, with autograph additions by his colleague and executor William Lambarde, of the thirty-six genuine Laws of the West-Saxon king Ine (= Ini, or Ina, d. 726), promulgated between 690 and 693; in facing Anglo-Saxon and Tudor English translation, but incorporating three additional and spurious laws concerning coinage,...
2 volumes in one 8vo. pp. lxviii, 222, [1]; pp. 292, [1]. Calf. Contains added title page, engraved, dated An XII - 1804. Faked ‘troubadour’ poems of the occult philosopher Antoine Fabre d’Olivet. See J.-F. Jeandillou, Supercheries littéraires: la vie et l’oeuvre des auteurs supposés. Nouvelle édition revue et augmentée; préface de Michel Arrivé. Geneva, 2001, pp. 17-32. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
8vo. f. [1] (blank), pp. [2], 27, [1] (blank)]. Signatures: [A²], B⁸, C⁶. Marbled wrappers. The discovery of buried parchment scrolls at Herculaneum, some so carbonized and brittle that they still resist unrolling, gave rise to several mock-discoveries of classical texts, the present anti-Jacobite prose satire being an English example. The alleged manuscript refers to the conspiracy to restore the exiled Tarquins, i.e. the Stuart monarchy. Cf. W. Speyer, Die literarische Fälschung im...
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Small 4to. pp. 4. A crude type-facsimile of an imaginary newspaper (reminiscent of Phillip Yorke’s faked ‘English Mercuries’ of 1588, see Bib# 839613/Fr# 731), given over entirely to ‘A Brief Discourse upon the Arraignment and Execution of the eight traytors [the Gunpowder Plot conspirators] ... upon Thursday, the 27th last’. The earliest genuine newspapers date from 1620, some sub-titled ‘Weekely Newes’, and the first numbered and dated versions begin in October 1622. The text of...
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Fifth of 6 volumes in 8vo. pp. [4], 736. Original green cloth.  Inscribed to David Gouny by his mother Mary.   A revisal or reissue of John Payne Collier’s 1842-1844 Shakespeare edition, with readings from the Perkins folio incorporated and Collier’s acerbic comments on his rival editors Dyce and Singer. The edition was published by Whittaker as a complete six-volume set in April 1858. The ‘Life of Shakespeare’ was also somewhat updated and newly indexed and individual prefaces were...
8vo. ff. [1] (blank), [12], 629, pp. [19] (last blank), f. [1] (blank). Signatures: ā8 ē4 A-2R8 2S4. Half calf. Gilded spine on 5 bars, red edges. Manuscript signature “M. Joh. Georg von Zabern Argentinens. 1767” on front endpaper, repeated on title page. On first blank recto: “Ex Libris Matter, 9 März 1836” (Jacques Matter (1791-1864) was a French writer on theology and philosophy who became France’s Inspector General of Education in 1832 and later oversaw the French public...
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by Probus, Marcus V. (Marcus Valerius) ; Tacuino, de Tridino, Giovanni (ed.) ; Montagna, Benedetto (engr.) ; Petrus, deacon in Pisa ; Demetrius Alabaldus ; St. Bede, de Venerable ; Plegon, of Tralles ; Aurelian
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Full title: Hoc in volumine hæc continentur: M. Val. Probus De notis Roma. Ex codice manuscripto castigatior, auctiorque, quam unquam antea, factus. Petrus Diaconus De eadem re, ad Conradum Primum Imp. Ro. Demetrius Alabaldus de Minutiis. Idem de Ponderibus. Idem de Mensuris. Ven. Beda De Computo per gestum digitorum. Idem de Loquela. Idem de Ratione unciarum. Leges XII tabularum, Leges pontificiæ Ro. Variæ verborum conceptiones, quibus Antiqui cu[s] in rebus sacris, tum prophanis uterentur,...
Topic: Abbreviations, Latin
Full title: Censura de historias fabulosas, obra posthuma de Don Nicolas Antonio, Cavallero de la Orden de San-Tiago, Canonigo de la Santa Iglesia de Sevilla, del Consejo del Señor Don Carlos Segundo, I su Fiscal en el Real Consejo de la Cruzada. Van Añadidas algunas cartas del mismo. Autor, i de otros Eruditos. Publica estas Obras Don Gregorio Matans i Siscàr, Autor de la Vida de Don Nicolas Antonio.
Bibliotheca Fictiva
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8vo. pp. 24. Stapled into original printed wrappers, with three minor corrections to one line on p. 6, probably made in-house. First edition, as reprinted with an explanatory preface from three issues of The Times, of the first significant exposé of the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ as a plagiarism from a nineteenth-century satire. Comprises 3 articles by the Constantinople correspondent of the Times, Philip P. Graves (1876-1953, half-brother of Robert Graves), Aug. 16-18, and a...
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by Scott, Walter (pseud.) ; [Alexis, Willibald (pseud.) (trans.)] ; [Häring, Georg W. H. (Georg Wilhelm Heinrich) (trans.)] ; [De Quincey, Thomas (trans.)]
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2 vols. in 8vo. pp. xxxii, 247; pp. [6], 331, [1]. Signatures: π12 b8 B-Q8 R4; A4 B-U8 X4. Original drab boards in a phase box. Printed worn spine labels; spines cracked and chipped at head and foot; uncut. First and only edition of the scarce (satirical) translation by De Quincey of the imitiation/forgery of a Walter Scott novel, passed off as a translation of Scott by ‘Willibald Alexis,’ a pseudonym of Georg Wilhelm Häring, one of Scott’s regular German translators (see Bib#...
8vo. pp. [4], 314. Half morocco. Auction catalogue of rare books from the library of historian and bibliophile Renier Chalon (1802-1889), the mastermind behind the Fortsas Bibliohoax (1840), to be sold on 20-31 October 1890. Bound with an auction catalogue of Chalon’s numismatic collections in three parts (7th of 15 published copies, see inscription on verso of the cover of the first and second part; ownership inscription of J. Chalon on wrappers of part I and II, see Bib# 8921734/Fr# 1275 in...
Full title: Die populaire und beschreibende Astronomie, durch die Cosmosphäre und die cosmosphärischen Instrumente erläutert. Nach der englischen und französischen Ausgabe, mit Verbesserungen vom Verfasser, Dr. W[ilhel]m Müller, Major im Königlich Hannoverschen General-Stabe. Erster oder theoretischer Teil. Mit den Abbildungen der Cosmosphärischen Instrumente. Small square 8vo. pp. [5], 56, [2], f. [1] (folded plate). Bound in original printed publisher’s wrappers (covers included in...
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18mo. pp. x, 418, ff. [13] (plates). In original stiff printed boards, in board cartons as issued.  The present volume contains a poem by John Payne Collier, ‘Mary’s Smile’ (‘1828,’ i.e. autumn 1827, pp. 127-128). Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
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by Diogenes Laërtius ; Eunapius of Sardis ; Fetherstone, T. (trans.) ; White, Samuel (trans.); Smith, E. (trans.); Philips, J. (trans.); Kippax, R. (trans.) ; Baxter, W. (trans.) ; R.M. (trans.)
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2 vols. in 8vo. v. 1: pp. [16], 589, [5] (blank); v. 2: pp. [2] (blank), [4], 460, [2] (blank). Contemporary panelled calf; Jolliffe bookplates. Full-page engraved portrait of Diogenes Laertius facing title page of vol. 1. In vol. 2, separate title page (p. [297]): "A Continuation of Diogenes Laertius: wherein is contain'd the lives of several others of the ancient philosophers; written in Greek by Eunapius of Sardis; translated from the Greek, by E. Smith, M. A." with imprint:...
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by Marochitanus, Samuel [Maroccanus, Samuel] [ibn Nasr ibn Abbas, Samuel] (pseud.) ; Bonihominis, Alphonsus [Buenhombre, Alonso] ; Pilate, Pontius (pseud.)
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4to. ff. 22. Signatures: a⁸ b⁶ c⁸ (a1, c8 blank). Paper boards; blank a1 used by a later reader for a vocabulary list. Capital spaces with guide letters. The Friedlaender copy, with his bookplate (sale, Christies NY, 23 April 2001, lot 113). Author attribution, title and imprint from ISTC.   An acknowledgement of Jesus as Messiah, and a refutation of Judaism by scriptural references, supposedly written in 1072 by Rabbi Samuel ibn Nasr ibn Abbas of Fez, an eleventh-century Jew converted...
Topics: Judaism -- Controversial literature -- Early works to 1800, Jews -- Conversion to Christianity,...
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by [Macfarlan, Robert] ; Ahlwardt, Christian W. (Christian Wilhelm) (trans.)
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Second of three volumes in 8vo. f. [2], pp. 402. Marbled boards. Christian Wilhelm Ahlwardt (1760-1830),  himself dabbled in literary forgery, notably of Pindar (see Bib# 8658691),  paid Ossian the special compliment of retranslating into German the Gaelic and Latin versions of all the poems as published by Robert MacFarlan in 1807 (see Bib# 4103331/Fr# 626 in this collection). A projected fourth volume, which was to contain critical treatises including a thoroughly revised and enlarged...
Full title: The Voiage and Travaile of Sir John Maundevile, Kt. which treateth of the way to Hierusalem; and of Marvayles of Inde, with other Ilands and Countryes. Reprinted from the Edition of A.D. 1725. With an introduction, additional notes, and glossary, by J.O. Halliwell, Esq., F.S.A., F.R.A.S. 8vo. pp. xvii, xii, 326. Signatures: A8 a4 chi1 B-2B8 2C4. Cloth. Frontispiece, illustrations. Endpaper signed: “Tho. Ballard, Ledbury.” Reprint from the 1725 edition of a work attributed to the...
Full title: The historical library of Diodorus the Sicilian. In Fifteen Books. The First Five, Contain the Antiquities of Egypt, Asia, Africa, Greece, the islands, and Europe. The Last Ten, An Historical Account of the Affairs of the Persians, Grecians, Macedonians, and other Parts of the World. To which are added, The Fragments of Diodorus that are found in the Bibliotheca of Photius: together With those Publish’d by H. Valesius, L. Rhodomannus, and F. Ursinus. Made English, by G. Booth, of...
Full title: Fabulæ variorum auctorum, nempè Æsopi fabulæ Græco-Latinæ CCXCVII. Aphthonii soph[ista] fabulæ Gr[aeco] Lat[inae] XL. Gabriæ fab[ulae] Gr[aeco] Lat[inae] XLIII. Babriæ fab[ulae] Gr[aeco] Lat[inae] XI. accedunt Anonymi veteris fabulæ, Latino carmine redditæ LX. ex exsoletis editionibus & Codice MS. luci redditæ. Hæc omnia ex Bibliotheca Palatina. Adjiciuntur insuper Phædri fabulæ XC. Avieni fabulæ XLII. Abstemii fabulæ CXCVIIII. Opera & Studio Isaaci Nicolai...
Full title : Areopagitica, seu Opuscula quædam nusquam hactenus excusa, divi Chludowici pii Rom. Imper. semper Augusti, ac verè Christianiss. Gallorum regis, &c. Et D. Hildiwini vetusti, ac doctiss. annis ab hinc plus minùs octingentis Cœnobij Sanctiss. Dionysij, & sociorum Martyr. Abbatis, de rebus gestis, ac scriptis B. Macarij Ionici Dionysij Areopagitæ, priùs quidem Athenien. Ecclesiæ Archiepiscopi: deinde autem primi Gallorum Apostoli: quorum Indicem sexta exhibebit pagina....
Full title: Ζαμολξις Primus Getarum Legislator, Academica Dissertatione Luci publicæ restitutus. Qua simul occasione pluscula ad Antiquitates Sveonum Gothorumq[ue] atq[ue]; aliarum etiam Gentium spectantia; quædam quoq[ue]; aliis ante non observata, breviter ac enucleatè in medium proferuntur. Auctore Carolo Lundio. 4to. f. [1] (blank), pp. [16], 212, [2], f. [1] (blank). Signatures: [2], (a)4, (b)2, A-Z4, Aa-Dd4 (Dd4 blank). - (Bb5 instead of Bb4 ; Cc5 instead of Cc4) . In marbled...
4to. f. [1] (blank), pp. [2], 6, ff. [5] (blank). Signatures: A4. Quatre morocco, marbled boards and pastedowns, gilt filet on boards, gilded edges. Plate “Ex Museo Huthii.” The Huth copy (see note inserted at end: “Huth sale, Sotheby’s, July 1918, 16.10 pounds.” Margins extended on 2 first leaves. “39” in ink on title page. With title page woodcuts.  Actually a mystical farrago concocted by by Henry Walker, "the ironmonger." Not entirely a forged attribution, despite...